The bodies of at least 20 men wearing civilian clothes were lying in a street in Boutcha, a town northwest of Kiev on Saturday that had just taken back Ukrainian troops from Russian forces, an AFP journalist remarked on the spot.
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One of the men’s hands was tied and the bodies were scattered for several hundred yards.
The cause of their death could not be determined immediately, but one person had a large head wound.
In recent days, Russian forces have withdrawn from several places near the capital following the failure of their attempt to encircle it.
Ukraine announced that Boutcha had been “liberated”, but the city was devastated by the fighting: AFP journalists could see gaping holes caused by shells in apartment buildings and numerous carcasses of cars.
Sixteen of the twenty bodies discovered in a street in Boucha were on the sidewalk or on the edge of the sidewalk. Three were in the middle of the road and another in the courtyard of a house.
An open Ukrainian passport lay on the ground next to the person who tied his hands with a piece of white cloth behind his back.
All the dead men wore winter coats, jackets or tracksuit tops, jeans or jogging pants and sneakers or boots. Two of them were lying next to bicycles, another next to an abandoned car.
Some were lying on their backs while others were on their stomachs.
The skin on the faces looked waxy, indicating that the corpses had been there for at least a few days.
“In Boutcha, we have already buried 280 people in mass graves because it was impossible to do it in the three cemeteries of the municipality, all within firing distance of the Russian soldiers,” said Mr. Fedorouk said over the phone.